An Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would impose a tax on "violent video games" to help fight childhood obesity and bullying. Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller (D-Stilwell) introduced bill HB 2696, which would add a 1 percent tax on games rated Teen, Mature, and Adults Only by the ESRB. These funds would be used for fighting childhood obesity and bullying.
This is basically what lawmakers like to call a "sin tax" put on products that are considered to be "bad for you" like cigarettes and alcohol. Half of the revenue would be put towards a "Childhood Outdoor Education Revolving Fund" with the rest going to a "Bullying Prevention Revolving Fund." Both of these things would be created as part of the law.
If this law gives you a strange sense of déjà vu, it's because it is nearly identical to a New Mexico bill that was introduced in early 2008. That bill never made it out of the legislature and died on the vine. Let’s hope a similar fate awaits this bill.
You can read the full text of the bill here (Word Doc).
Source: The Escapist